Living Oceans Society coming to the islands

  • Jan. 26, 2007 8:00 p.m.

Living Oceans Society, a marine conservation organization based in the fishing community of Sointula, will be at the Delkatla Interpretation Centre in Masset on Tuesday, February 6 at 7:00 p.m. and the Visitor information Centre in Queen Charolotte City on Wednesday, February 7 at 7:00 p.m. to present information about their marine conservation work in B.C.
Living Oceans Society campaigns aim to develop sustainable fisheries and establish a network of marine protected areas (MPAs) while protecting the ocean from the negative impacts of fish farms, deep sea bottom trawling, and offshore oil and gas development. The evening will feature a presentation on these issues entitled “Building Healthy Oceans to Support Coastal Communities” by Executive Director Jennifer Lash. Marine Planning Specialist Kate Willis will also discuss the ways in which marine planning can provide innovative ways to address these concerns.
“Living Oceans Society works to ensure a healthy ocean that can support coastal communities such as Masset and Queen Charlotte City,” says Lash. “We look forward to presenting the facts about activities such as fish farms and unsustainable fisheries that threaten the health of our ocean.”
Currently, the federal, provincial and First Nations governments are developing a marine planning process that will provide a forum to discuss many of the issues Living Oceans Society is concerned about.
“This process will only work if the people who live and work along the coast are involved,” says Ms Willis. “We want to let people know about this marine planning process and discuss the importance of their involvement.”
In addition to Masset and Queen Charlotte, Living Oceans Society will be presenting in Prince Rupert Monday, February 5.
Living Oceans Society is a non profit research and public education organization working to ensure a healthy ocean to support healthy communities. More information about Living Oceans Society can be found at www.livingoceans.org.

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